Sunday, March 30, 2008
Although Brad's treatment plan now looks different, we still thought it would be very uplifting and encourgaging to gather, pray & sing as a group. So, numerous friends have spent many hours planning a weekend gathering in honor of Brad....we appreciate it so much.
We would love to have all of our friends & family join us this weekend at our home congregation. The main gathering will be at 5pm on Saturday, April 5th at Southeast Church of Christ in Friendswood. If you would also like to join us for the dinner that Saturday evening at 5pm, please RSVP to Jenny Winter at 832-434-1839.
Below is the link to the evite with more information.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The first option is to cast my leg from the hip to the toes. This cast would likely be left in place for 3 months or so. The other down side is likely a significant loss in range of motion that would most likely never be gotten back. Plus, there is a chance that the bone still would not heal properly and I would then have to take the surgical route.
Option two is to surgically repair my ankle and place a metal plate that attaches to the bones and holds everything together. The downside to this option is surgery always poses a possibility for infection. One upside is ....the likely recovery period for this option is only 6 weeks in a brace.
We are trying to decide which choice is better for us at this time. Please pray for peace and comfort as we decide what to do.
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Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
The EMT's took me to a first aid station, then into an ambulance to St. Joseph's ER a few blocks from the Toyota center. After spending close to two hours waiting to be seen, my wife had one of her greatest ideas ever. We got in the suburban (painfully) and went to Foundations Surgical Hospital where I have had my three previous knee surgeries. They front desk called Dr. Marco to ask his advice and then they called the on-call x-ray tech to come in. We rolled into the hospital, immediately saw a doctor who gave me a shot for pain. We then got an x-ray which showed a fractured tibia. I got another shot for pain and was in the process of being discharged when Dr. Marco came in (out of bed...at 11 pm) to look at my x-rays and figure out a plan.
Side note: What doctor do you know that is not on-call that will come and visit you at 11 at night after a busy day! He is an incredible doctor and a great, caring person.
Dr. Marco thinks that the bone will heal on its own (a huge relief that God kept me out of surgery)! I have to stay off the leg for a while and pray that it heals on its own. I will also have to wear a brace instead of a cast. But all that is nothing when we think about what "could have been" and we gladly accept this outcome to avoid another surgery!
Thanks again for all the nice notes and prayers that we have been flooded with.
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Saturday, March 22, 2008
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Friday, March 21, 2008
Today Dan (Gene), Papa (Bill) & Papa C (Dad) came over to work on a handful of home projects. The kitchen ceiling was painted, the baseboards were nailed in, walls were retouched, closet doors were re-hung, and (most importantly) the back porch was repainted with a texture paint (our back porch is absolutely trecherous when it gets wet & I think we were all fearful that Brad might slip and break his other leg if we didn't hurry up and get it fixed).
And, Allie, Gena & Lisa watched all the kids while the projects were in full swing. That was a HUGE help too.
Thanks for all the help today everyone!
Oh...and at the end of the afternoon the boys decided they needed to take a dip in the pool (burr!). Nothing like a little early spring...70 degree dip in the pool. Zeke thought it looked like fun but once he got in....he seemed to prefer watching from the side.
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The very beginning
Isn't he a cutie?
Zeke is really helping here
More than halfway done...hooray!
We have been so blessed with SO many wonderful friends/family offering to help us with projects around the house. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all of the assistance....it means so much to us.
First off, my dad took on the project of purchasing and constructing a new play set for the kids in our back yard. (the old one was in pieces) We carefully selected the set that met our credentials....one high enough to make sure that if Zeke or Kaelyn fell off of it....it would ensure another trip to the ER (6 trips to the hospital in 13 months is not enough....I feel certain we can do better :) )
The box clearly stated that "2 moderately skilled" men could assemble this set in 20 hours. I guess I am unaware of what "2 moderately skilled" men look like because it took Dad, Gwanddad, Brad, Matt, & myself at least a combined 80 hours. I would like to see the 2 men that assemble that set in 20...they must be haulin' that is all I can say.
Ok, my pictures are downloaded in a completely crazy order....but I think you can get the main idea. Also, I realized tonight that I never took a final picture of the entire thing complete. I will have to post another shot later to show Dad's handiwork finished....the true Taj Mahal of playsets.
Posted by Jenny Wims Sullivan at 5:39 PM
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Well, what can I say....
Too much relaxation
Too much fun at the Rocket's Game (of course I don't know how fun it was...he hardly made it in the door)
An exciting ride in an ambulance with a broken leg!
I guess Brad thought things had calmed down too much & he felt like he needed to spice things up a bit. There just wasn't enough drama this week. (just kidding Honey) :)
All joking aside, please pray for Brad's speedy healing. He is in a lot of pain right now and could really use some relief. Thank you for the prayers (again).
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Monday, March 17, 2008
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Sunday, March 16, 2008
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Saturday, March 15, 2008
1. First thing this morning Zeke asked his Daddy, "God doesn't like the Longhorns, does he?" (Brad told me that he is still struggling to think of an appropriate response for this question)
This question was quickly followed by, "Are God & Santa together Daddy?"
2. Zeke made a recent observation that Kendall, Krista, Kaelyn, & Callie all start with the "ka" sound. He told me that because they have the "ka" sound, then they all start with the letter "K." He then told me about an earlier conversation that he had with his Daddy who was "arguing" with him about Callie's first letter. When I tried to explain that the letter "C" & the letter "K" can both make the "ka" sound he said, "no Mommy...the "C" starts like "s-s-s-C." I told him that he would just need to call Mimi (former 2nd grade teacher) and ask her why Callie's name doesn't start with a "K." His questions were beginning to stump me.
3. I overheard a conversation Zeke was having with Brad this afternoon. While I was making lunch in the kitchen I heard Zeke telling his Daddy all the reasons he loved him. It was so sweet.
"Daddy, you are the very best daddy."
"I love it when you take me to places to eat."
"I love when you read stories to me."
"I love when we make a snuggle sandwich and I am the cheese & you & Momma are the bread."
"I love it when we fight and I woop you."
"I love you very much and you are a really good daddy."
Ok, so I cried a little after hearing those expressive words....wow...he is just such a sweet little boy. I love him to pieces.
Posted by Jenny Wims Sullivan at 8:26 PM
Friday, March 14, 2008
We are praying now that God lead us to the best alternative treatment center for Brad. We are looking into several options and they all seem very different. We are keeping our minds open to several options, but we are feeling ready to decide & take action. Thank you in advance for all of your thoughts and prayers regarding this important decision.
Posted by Jenny Wims Sullivan at 7:51 PM
The Hanna's & The Shoup's brought us our last 2 meals of this week. The Hanna's brought us a terrific chicken salad with sweet potato latkes & the Shoup's surprised us with a ground turkey meatloaf & several other goodies (including some sugar-free, all natural juice drinks...those were really great!)
We really appreciate the meals....I know it takes a lot to feed us at this point in our lives. You practically need a Nutrition degree to decifer all the labels and insure that you are cooking according to our diet. Brad & I just want each of you to know how much we genuinely appreciate the amazing effort that you put in to feed us and to help take of our family. You are the best support group that anyone could ask for.....Thank you!
Posted by Jenny Wims Sullivan at 7:46 PM
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
We want to say thank you to everyone who has been praying and for all who continue to pray for our family. We are richly blessed and we can feel the presence of the Lord, shown by those who surround us. We can feel His presence and are comforted daily by His love shown through each of you.
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces
wonderful results. James 5:16
This is just one of the hundreds of prayers shared yesterday.
Dear Father, Creator of the Universe and Giver of Eternal Life,
I lift the Wims family up to you. You know their hears. You see their unwavering faith. You hear their declaration that You are in control. You feel their love for You and Your church. We trust You, Father, and we understand that we don't know the fullness of Your plans. We ask in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that You intervene and heal Brad Wims. Thank you for allowing us to enter in to Your presence and ask anything that our hearts desire. I desire Father that You intervene to cure Brad in his illness and let his life be a testimony to the power of prayer. I pray that in his restoration to health, he would be Your agent as a mighty witness for the Kingdom and a mighty warrior in the spiritual battle.
Father, thank You for Your Holy Spirit who comforts us, thank You for the words that comfort us. The words that come to mind for the Wims family right now are the words of Romans 12:12: "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
I request with a humble heart that You send an extra measure of peace and strength to David, Sandra, Brad & Jenny this day and that Your love sustain them.
In the name of Jesus I pray.
written by: Janna Duty
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008
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Saturday, March 8, 2008
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Thursday, March 6, 2008
We better hide these clips from Zeke...I don't think he will be too excited once he sees pictures of his sister slobbering all over his good toothbrush.
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Thanks so much for cooking for us! It has been such a nice treat....we really appreciate it!
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Tuesday, March 4, 2008
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We caught Kaelyn standing outside on Sunday evening. When she gets distracted, she will somtimes stand without holding onto something. As soon as she realizes what she is doing....she immediately sits down. She is so silly!
Ok, so I am a really slow learner. As soon as I finished filming Kaelyn....I thought, "Duh...I turned the camera the wrong direction....again!" Oh well, you'll have to just look silly while you twist your neck to watch this clip.
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